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Economy Spurs Switch To Hat Making

Millions of people lost their jobs when the recession hit, and while banks and car manufacturers were bailed out, most people in the country were left to fend for themselves.Life in Pend Oreille County has always been a struggle. For the last century the economy has been tied to logging and mining, both industries decimated by the recession. Right now the unemployment rate is at 14 percent, whereas this time last year it was at 17.4-percent.Two of the individuals who are no longer in the unemployment column are Heather and Andy Holland. They were drywallers for more than decade. A year and a half ago the Holland’s drywall business dried up with the economy/Tori Brunetti, KXLY. More here.

Question: Have you changed job paths since the recession began?

D.F. Oliveria
D.F. (Dave) Oliveria joined The Spokesman-Review in 1984. He currently is a columnist and compiles the Huckleberries Online blog and writes about North Idaho in his Huckleberries column.

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